Educational Blog Posts for K-2 Teachers

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Animal Habitat Activities for Kids - Any unit that includes animals is never a hard sell for children. From cute and cuddly to fast and ferocious, kids are fascinated by animals. So learning about where and how they live in nature is an easy hook. Before you plan your next science unit on habitats or ecosystems, check out this blog post for inspiration. In it, I share our favorite videos, songs, books, and projects about a variety of habitats... wetlands, deserts, oceans, forests, and more! Nature, Activities For Kids, Animals, Inspiration, Animal Habitats, Habitat Activities, Habitats, Wetland, Grassland Habitat
Animal Habitats
Animal Habitat Activities for Kids - Any unit that includes animals is never a hard sell for children. From cute and cuddly to fast and ferocious, kids are fascinated by animals. So learning about where and how they live in nature is an easy hook. Before you plan your next science unit on habitats or ecosystems, check out this blog post for inspiration. In it, I share our favorite videos, songs, books, and projects about a variety of habitats... wetlands, deserts, oceans, forests, and more!
Fun math games for 1st graders don't have to be complicated to set up. In fact, I started making these simple math games to help our students review important skills. The one-page design of each game makes them portable and easy to prepare... just print and play! Each game only needs a few math manipulatives you probably have on hand, such as dice, snap cubes, and base ten blocks. Check out this blog post to read more about using games in math centers, remedial groups, and math workshop. Maths Centres, Fun Math Games, Math Games, Math Boards, Fun Math, Math Centers, Math Workshop, Math Manipulatives, Math Teacher
Math Games for First Grade
Fun math games for 1st graders don't have to be complicated to set up. In fact, I started making these simple math games to help our students review important skills. The one-page design of each game makes them portable and easy to prepare... just print and play! Each game only needs a few math manipulatives you probably have on hand, such as dice, snap cubes, and base ten blocks. Check out this blog post to read more about using games in math centers, remedial groups, and math workshop.
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Place Value Activities for 1st Grade
Base ten blocks are the obvious go-to manipulative when teaching place value, but every now and then we mix things up with snacks. Food and kids just go together. :) In this blog post, I share some card games, children's books, and worksheets designed to help 1st and 2nd graders understand place value. Check it out... #PlaceValueActivities #MunchieMath #PlaceValueGames #TensAndOnes #MathWorksheets #FirstGrade #SecondGrade
Every day, kids use and play with things created by people just like them... thinkers who tinker! From the practical functionality of a Band-aid to the whimsy of a Slinky or the amazingness that is a warm chocolate chip cookie, the true stories behind these famous inventions are worth the read. Find out how popsicles got their start or how an accountant became the unlikely inventor of bubble gum. And you may not believe who's credited with the idea for the first-ever roller coaster. Come see! Special Education, Reading, Inventions, Literacy, Play, People, Inventions Kids, Teaching Resources
Inventions Kids Love
Every day, kids use and play with things created by people just like them... thinkers who tinker! From the practical functionality of a Band-aid to the whimsy of a Slinky or the amazingness that is a warm chocolate chip cookie, the true stories behind these famous inventions are worth the read. Find out how popsicles got their start or how an accountant became the unlikely inventor of bubble gum. And you may not believe who's credited with the idea for the first-ever roller coaster. Come see!
We love these fun activities for Wemberly Worried. Honestly, we love all of Kevin Henkes' relatable characters... Lilly, Owen, Chrysanthemum, Julius, and, of course, Wemberly. Most kids can find themselves in at least one of his picture books, if not more. Making your own worry dolls is a fun way to follow up the read-aloud, but traditional worry dolls are small and a little challenging for tiny hands to make. We love this chunkier version that uses pipe cleaners and pony beads. Check it out! 2nd Grade Reading Books, Worry Dolls, 2nd Grade Reading, Lessons For Kids, Read Aloud, Teaching Kids, Teaching First Grade
Wemberly Worried - Activities for Grades 1-2
an image of some rocks and legos on the ground with text that reads landforms erosion lab save the city
Landform Science for 2nd Grade
Activities for Landforms: Why should water erosion be a concern to people living in coastal communities? Help children understand the problem and work toward solutions with this science lab. After that, they can explore wind erosion and the strategy of using windbreaks, along with a lab that demonstrates what happens to the ground during an earthquake. Reading passages included in this set help children build background knowledge before each lab. Read more... #ActivitiesForLandforms #Landforms
These engaging, hands-on states of matter activities are perfect for children in 2nd grade. The set includes several science labs where kids can observe the different states of matter first-hand and learn what factors cause matter to change, like changes in temperature and changes in force. In this blog post, you'll find kid-friendly activities and resources for your 2nd grade lesson plans. Click through to get started! Matter Science Experiments, Matter Science, Science Lessons, Science Lesson Plans, Matter Lessons, Teaching Science, Matter Activities, Science Curriculum, States Of Matter
States of Matter Activities
These engaging, hands-on states of matter activities are perfect for children in 2nd grade. The set includes several science labs where kids can observe the different states of matter first-hand and learn what factors cause matter to change, like changes in temperature and changes in force. In this blog post, you'll find kid-friendly activities and resources for your 2nd grade lesson plans. Click through to get started! #StatesOfMatter #StatesOfMatterActivities #2ndGrade #SecondGrade
Let's create anchor charts kids can understand and refer to when they're reading and discussing fiction and nonfiction texts. These kid-friendly Chart Parts include all the planning sheets and pieces you need to make anchor charts aligned with first grade reading standards. From asking questions, to retelling a sequence of events, to inferring an author's purpose and point of view, these anchor charts have age-appropriate wording and visual cues to help little kids understand really big ideas! First Grade, Teaching, Second Grade, Anchor Charts, Reading Anchor Charts, First Grade Reading
First Grade Anchor Charts
Let's create anchor charts kids can understand and refer to when they're reading and discussing fiction and nonfiction texts. These kid-friendly Chart Parts include all the planning sheets and pieces you need to make anchor charts aligned with first grade reading standards. From asking questions, to retelling a sequence of events, to inferring an author's purpose and point of view, these anchor charts have age-appropriate wording and visual cues to help little kids understand really big ideas!
Math games for first graders don't have to be complicated to set up. In fact, I started making these simple math games to help our students review important math skills like addition and place value. The one page design for each game makes them portable and easy to prep... just print and play! Each game only needs a few math manipulatives like dice, snap cubes, and base ten blocks. Come read more about using games in math centers, remedial groups, and math workshop. You can even send them home! Design, Workshop, First Grade Maths
First Grade Math Games
Math games for first graders don't have to be complicated to set up. In fact, I started making these simple math games to help our students review important math skills like addition and place value. The one page design for each game makes them portable and easy to prep... just print and play! Each game only needs a few math manipulatives like dice, snap cubes, and base ten blocks. Come read more about using games in math centers, remedial groups, and math workshop. You can even send them home!
Greeting students at the door each morning is definitely a positive way to begin the day. But these fun greetings can also be used throughout the school day! They're a great way to begin (or end) a morning meeting and can also become part of your praise & shoutout routines. We even like to incorporate them into our pairing structures, like Mix-Pair-Share, as a way for students to greet each other when they meet up. Read more in this blog post for K-2 teachers. Let's go! Teachers, Teacher Learner, Kindergarten Teachers, First Grade Teachers, Second Grade Teacher, Teaching Second Grade
Morning Greetings for the Classroom
We LOVE science! And studying the changing states of matter is definitely one of our favorites. It's such a kid-friendly topic with so many hands-on and engaging concepts to discover! But finding science books the kids can read is a challenge, so we've made our own aligned with the NGSS. This nonfiction science text is a great way to help children build background knowledge about the changing states of matter before they begin working on various experiments. Come check out our favorite ideas! Science Units, Informational Reading Passages, Science Chart, Matter Experiments
The States of Matter
We LOVE science! And studying the changing states of matter is definitely one of our favorites. It's such a kid-friendly topic with so many hands-on and engaging concepts to discover! But finding science books the kids can read is a challenge, so we've made our own aligned with the NGSS. This nonfiction science text is a great way to help children build background knowledge about the changing states of matter before they begin working on various experiments. Come check out our favorite ideas!
If you teach a primary grade (K-1), you're often one of the first adults to introduce big things to little people. Teaching kids how to ask good questions is critical to them being able to comprehend ideas deeply, so it deserves some strategic planning on our parts. I'm a fan of using toys to teach and, as it turns out, each question word rhymes with an animal, and that's how this strategy was born. Now our students learn all about question words in fun ways they don't forget... come see more! Fan, Toys, Comprehension
Question Words - Fun Strategies for K-1 Kids
If you teach a primary grade (K-1), you're often one of the first adults to introduce big things to little people. Teaching kids how to ask good questions is critical to them being able to comprehend ideas deeply, so it deserves some strategic planning on our parts. I'm a fan of using toys to teach and, as it turns out, each question word rhymes with an animal, and that's how this strategy was born. Now our students learn all about question words in fun ways they don't forget... come see more!